You see God’s promise flickering in the distance, a calling engraved with your name. You were anointed and gifted with God-sized dreams for the future, yet you’ve been prevented from stepping into the role you were designed to fill. Why? What must you do to hurry the clock, adhere to whatever lesson God is trying to teach you so you can rush toward the promise? If God doesn’t tease His children, why’d He foreshadow the future and stamp you with His covenant?
Whatever promise you are waiting God to bring into existence—a dream job in a dream location, a relationship God-designed but not quite time, a season of plenty after dark years—you can be confident He will come through, the best is yet to come.
If you have asked Jesus to be the boss of your life, you’ve been saturated with intentionality and purpose. Everything about you aligns with God’s plan for your present and future. Your God-given talents and dreams gesture to your God-given destiny. Your personality and appearance make you effective at completing your divine mission.
For years, I’ve pursued God’s promises and have reached a close proximity. I can see and touch them, but I can’t have them. Frustration made me brainstorm ways to cut corners, develop at supernatural speed so I can jump into the calling and put an end to the season of waiting.
Joseph was in prison for two years and spent 11 years in Potiphar’s house before God allowed him to have a position of authority. Moses waited in the desert for 40 years before God called him back to Egypt. Jesus didn’t begin ministry until He was in His thirties.
Because God is a Good Father, He doesn’t let us step into His promises until we are strong enough to handle them. The bigger the calling, the longer the wait.
David was the youngest son of Jesse. He was a shepherd, a lyricist and faithful servant of God. In the eyes of others, David was nobody, but God had a massive mission for his life.
1 Samuel 16: 11-13
So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sleep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.
In Biblical times, anointing someone with aromatic oil was the equivalent of crowing them.
David was given the promise of kingship when he was a kid, but he didn’t become Israel’s king until adulthood. God worked within David overtime to prepare him for the struggles of leadership.
Backstory: Judges ruled the Israelite nation and acted as the middlemen between God and the people. Samuel was the last judge. His sons were to be the next judges. However, the Israelites decided they wanted a king because other nations had kings to rule and fight battles.
1 Samuel 8: 7
And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”
God warned the Israelites of what a human leader would cost them but when they persistently asked for a king, He anointed Saul as their ruler.
Saul’s ego got in the way of God’s will and caused him to be a destructive authority.
David was chosen because of his humility and unrelenting desire to have a relationship with God. He had to encounter three specific seasons of growth before he was ready to step into the promise.
1. He Served.
David was asked to be Saul’s armor-bearer and comfort him with music. He served next to God’s promise for his future but wasn’t allowed to step into the calling, rather he gave of himself to equip the person in the position. He had to humble himself and place his own dreams on hold. In the process, he was given Saul’s favor which enabled him to move into the next season.
When we surrender ourselves to God’s timing, He removes us from ourselves and refocuses our priorities. He teaches us to be faithful and trust in His faithfulness.
1 Samuel 16: 21-22
David came to Saul and entered into his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”
2. He Stood.
David, because of his closeness with God, was overwhelmed with righteous anger when he witnessed Goliath making a mockery of God’s people. When no one else stood up to fight, he did without fear or reservation. People looked down on him because of his age, but David’s confidence came from God alone. He didn’t believe he was enough, rather he believed God was ENOUGH.
1 Samuel 17: 32
David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
We must be active in the wait and stand up for God even when the world is against us. Callings are rich with blessings, but they are also burdens. Until we are able to handle worldly criticism without fear or doubt, we won’t be able to carry the weight of His promises.
3. He Sacrificed.
David spent years in a season of darkness. He fought battle after battle, had to flee into the wilderness when Saul attempted to kill him out of jealousy. He was on the verge of reaching God’s promise for his life but before he could step into it, he had to lose almost everything. David showed grace instead of ambition, spared Saul’s life on multiple occasions. Still, before David took kingship, Saul and his heirs were killed by the Philistines. David’s best friend, Jonathan, was one of the men executed.
God “cleaned house” to pave a path for David.
When we pursue God’s promises, we will lose friends, family members and ways of life. We’ll be asked to sacrifice important things, give so we can receive the fullness of God’s plan.
God didn’t make David king in a day, rather He built him overtime, designed his heart, mind and body to be one of history’s greatest leaders. When the moment came for David to take ownership of his God-authored future, he did so with humility and strength found in brokenness.
2 Samuel 2:4
Then the men of Judah came to Hebron and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.
This past week, God has used David’s story to teach me to embrace the wait, learn from each season He gives so I can be effective at fulfilling my calling. I can wait with confidence because God doesn’t break His promises.
Jesus took the role of judge when He conquered death for us. He poured forgiveness and favor onto our heads so God could look at each of us and say, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”
We are chosen, promised and empowered by the Spirit of the Lord.